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Suspects taken to Shakti Mills for reconstruction of crime

The five suspects in the Shakti Mills gangrape case were taken to the spot for incident reconstruction Wednesday afternoon

Written by Gautam S Mengle | Mumbai | Published: August 29, 2013 2:41:30 am

The five suspects in the Shakti Mills gangrape case were taken to the spot for incident reconstruction Wednesday afternoon. In the three-hour-long exercise,they were made to retrace every step — from the moment they saw the victim and her friend enter the compound to the time that they finally let them go.

The five — Vijay Jadhav,Qasim Sheikh,Salim Ansari,Siraj Khan and a minor — were arrested in a span of four days in a joint crackdown by the local police and the Crime Branch. The case was later officially handed over to the Crime Branch.

According to Crime Branch officials,the five were taken to the mill amid tight police cover.

“We started from the spot where Jadhav and Ansari were playing cards when the victim and her friend entered the compound. We recreated the entire sequence of events,starting with the victim asking the accused for directions,the duo keeping a watch on them while they did their work,all the five arriving at the scene of the crime one after the other,and finally the actual offence,” said a Crime Branch officer.

A woman constable posed as the victim while her male colleague posed as her friend. The accused led the male constable to the spot where the victim’s friend was tied up,and then led the woman constable to the corner where the gangrape occurred. They also showed the police where each one of them was standing while they took turns with the victim,the police said.

“There were a few minor contradictions in our initial investigation,which were ironed out during Wednesday’s event recreation. The sequence of events is clearer now. We are putting together corroborative evidence,like getting their cellular locations to establish their presence at the compound,and forensic evidence,which will include items that contain traces of their DNA,” said the officer.

A dupatta recovered from the crime scene is now being treated as crucial evidence. The police said the suspects used it to clean themselves after the crime,and it would have DNA traces of all of them. It has been sent for forensic analysis.

Another officer said the five suspects were nervous through the enactment. “They did not offer any resistance. The details given by each matched with the others’. The ease with which they were making their way around the compound confirms that they were regular visitors there.”

Ansari has also allegedly told interrogators that he deleted the picture of the victim the same day as it was unclear due to inadequate light. The Crime Branch is working on retrieving the his phone memory to verify this.

The Crime Branch will be subjecting the first arrested accused,whose age is still disputed,to bone ossification tests at JJ Department of Forensic Science Thursday. “It is more important to us than to the accused that his age be established at this point itself. We need to confirm this before the case reaches the trial stage,” said a senior Crime Branch officer.

The Crime Branch might also seek a second statement from the victim as she might not have been in a condition to recount the exact details at the time of the complaint due to the trauma. The second statement would seek to find out if any points had been missed,an officer said.

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